Should you Be in Shape to Start BJJ?

Do You Have to Be in Shape to Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) sure looks cool on YouTube, but do you have to be in a good shape to start BJJ?

You don’t have to be in great shape to start BJJ. BJJ is a great way to get in shape slowly but surely, so you do not have to be in an amazing physical condition to start. As long as you can walk by yourself, you are good to go.

In this post, we go through a bit deeper into the topic of whether you should be in great shape to start BJJ.

Do you have to be in shape to start BJJ?

As mentioned before, you really don’t have to be in great shape to start training BJJ. It’s like asking whether you should be in shape to start hitting the gym.

BJJ mats and classes are great for losing weight. In my BJJ classes, there are people of all different sizes and they are all doing just fine.

The good thing about BJJ is that your size doesn’t really matter. You can start practicing BJJ whether you weigh 80 pounds or 300 pounds.

The same applies to BJJ competitions. You will be matched against people your size, in your belt group.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is designed for all sizes of people, and the classes are really flexible. If you can not perform a certain technique or warmup move because of your physical condition, that is fine.

Here is a post about how good BJJ is for weight loss.

Should you lose weight before starting BJJ?

Having some extra pounds on should not prevent you from starting BJJ. For most people, losing some additional weight might be useful in general. You could do that before or during your BJJ training.

You could try to lose some weight before starting BJJ, but I would say go start BJJ first and then do some additional stuff for weight loss.

When you start BJJ first, you know what you are losing weight for. That can motivate you to take those extra walks in the afternoon and eat just a little bit healthier. All that can make training BJJ a much more pleasant experience.

Can skinny people learn BJJ?

BJJ is designed for everybody, and your weight should not keep you from training. If you are really skinny, you are in the perfect place to start. Even if you want to compete, you will be matched against people your size.

I was fairly skinny when I first started BJJ, and it did not bother my training that much. Of course, it will be a bit more difficult if you get matched against bigger or more muscular people, but you can manage.

That’s why I started to hit the gym also on top of my BJJ training which really helped me to build some additional muscle.

Does age matter in BJJ?

Age is also not a determining factor for starting BJJ. As long as you are in physically good enough condition to do grappling, you should be good to go.

I actually have a dedicated post about this topic: Are you too old to start BJJ?

Final thoughts

In conclusion, no matter your physical size, as long as you are in good enough shape to move, you should be able to start BJJ.

You don’t have to be physically super fit to start BJJ. It is designed for everybody, and even in competitions there are weight classes for everybody.

BJJ is for everybody!

I hope this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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